DOJ Won’t Sue Colorado, Washington Over Marijuana Legalization Laws

The aide said the DOJ has spoken to the state’s two governors and has received reassurances that state enforcement of the laws will not infringe on a series of a new federal priorities the Department is set to release.

“The Attorney General has called the two governors of those states today and told them … it’s up to them to make sure they’re able to regulate their marijuana policies significantly to make sure it doesn’t infringe on our enforcement priorities,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Based on assurances from the two governors that the laws will not infringe on them, the DOJ is not going to seek to challenge those two laws.”

The DOJ will reserve the right to challenge the laws in the future if they run afoul of the new federal priorities.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole sent a memo to U.S. attorneys outlining the new marijuana policy and enforcement priorities, which can be read in full below.

DOJ Marijuana Memo

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